Posted by Colin Heggie on Apr 13, 2021
Our guest today was Eduarda Salles Lobo, our 2009/10 incoming RYES from Belo Horizonte, Brasil.  Colin & Martin’s wives, Barb & Carol joined the conversation, having been host “Moms.”  Following her year in Vernon, Eduarda was initially thinking about being a doctor (her Dad is an otolaryngologist, or ENT), then switched to civil engineering (her mother is an engineer).  She did a year of study in England, then followed her degree with post-graduate work in renewable energy.  This led to finance work with a renewable energy company.  She’s now working in investor relations for Hotmart, “a leader in the distribution & sale of digital products in Latin America.”  Eduarda works from her parents’ home during the week, then joins her fiancé on weekends in nearby Nova Lima.  He’s a lawyer, apparently “too noisy” to share work space with!  They hope to marry when Covid subsides.  Asked what impact the Rotary Youth Exchange program has had on her life, Eduarda says she’s maintained friendships with other RYES from all over the world, benefitted from personal development through RYES, & greatly improved her English, which is a big advantage.  She had a minor case of Covid, & wonders if her lower energy level might be a lingering effect.  Her family are all well, though her Dad fell off a horse & broke four ribs, while spending time on his ranch!  So great to reconnect with this impressive young lady.